Pleated blinds or shades are made from pleated fabric, which is a fabric that unfolds in a zig-zag pattern, which creates a greater layer of insulation and helps in adding to the texture of the room. These shades are arranged in slats, which when raised, stack against one another and sit on top or bottom of the window (depending on how it is installed). This raising and lowering of these shades are generally done through a sting or a cord in the traditional style but they are also available in cordless versions are known as cordless pleated shades.
With the advantages of using cordless shades, that is increased protection to kids and pets against strangulation, and giving a cleaner and elegant look to your window dressing, these pleated shades add so much to the room. Here is a look at some of the advantages of installing pleated cordless window shades in your house:
1. They have the top down bottom up option
‘Top down bottom up’ means that these shades can be opened from the bottom as well as from the top. This makes the window treatment very versatile. For example, when the sun shines through the top of your window, you can have these shades cover the bottom half of your window for privacy while letting light through, or you can have them cover the sunlight directly at the top of the window while leaving the rest open to preserve your view.
2. They provide more protection
This is to say that these shades provide more protection than many other blinds or shades and do so in many ways. They are very effective in diffusing the light. They also act as a safeguard against the harmful UV rays. They also limit the entry of dust and other pollutants inside the house. They are very good at protection against the heat gain of the house, but not so much against the cold weather because they are made from a single layer of fabric.
3. They look very good and are easy to maintain
These shades look completely like cellular shades and have a very elegant and crisp finish. When the cordless version of the same is installed, it looks neater and sharper. They are also very easy to clean as a simple run with a dry and a wet cloth does the job, and because they are in the form of slats, it is easy to do so. This makes them a preferred choice for offices and professional spaces too.
Like any shade, you might run into some issues every now and then after they are up for a while. Herein, we will try to solve some of these basic problems for you and guide you through them. We will list down a few recurring problems with these shades and give you a step-by-step guideline on how to fix pleated cordless shades at home. It is to note here that these are delicate products and the rails are prone to breaking. If you are unsure of the technique in any way, do not try it and call for professional help.
The Window Shades are Stuck
The recurrent problem of using cordless shades is that they get stuck and because there is no string or rod to tug at, you are almost unsure of what to do with it. If they are not lowering or rising easily and have gotten stuck, there are a few reasons why this might be happening.
a. It is a manufacturing defect and you got a defective product. In this case, only try the gentler tactics that we will list below or don’t try anything at all. Get it replaced as soon as you can.
b. The humidity and heat have acted on the shade and the material it is made from, which is preventing it from a smoother function.
c. The rail that runs along the length of the window covering has been twisted badly and is too tightly wrung.
There are many ways to fix the problems that we have mentioned above:
1. Pull the shade away from the window at a 45-degree angle and tug at it. Do not force your way as this will cause the rail to break, but apply enough pressure. Do this is small but jerky movements so that the blinds get undone. A small glitch like a knot or something will be resolved like this. Do this only if you are confident enough and do it at your own risk. Cordless shades are quite delicate and will break if more pressure is applied.
2. Sometimes, the blinds get deformed due to humidity and bulge out from one place to another. If the damage is a lot the chances of its survival are small. But you can try to unhook it completely and lay it out in the sun for a full day so that it dries and regains its shape. If it doesn’t, don’t leave it out in the open for longer than that, as it will fade due to the sun. Because pleated shades are made from fabric, it is likely that drying out in the sun will prove to be beneficial.
3. Sometimes, the spring at the top of the shade does not recoil properly and will not pull the shade up when you lift the bottom slat up. A good way to resolve this is to tug at the blind’s bottom rail but from the middle. This will wound the spring back up and can make it recoil again. If this doesn’t work, unhook the window covering completely and put them back on the mounting clips. The issue of these shades sagging is fairly common, and this generally resolves it. Even if your home techniques don’t work, you can get it repaired and it won’t even cost you much. A single change of the spring is required, and your shades will be as good as new.
4. If you are using a motorized shade, the mechanism for its smooth-rolling depends on a device called ‘friction clips’ which reduces the tension between slats and helps you to roll them in and out efficiently. You can unhook the window covering from the mounting clips and lay them out in clear light. Look at the top where the motor is fixed and try to spot these friction clips. If you notice that some damage has been done to these clips, contact a service provider or a seller and get them replaced. This, too, is not an expensive affair and can be resolved easily. If you see that all the clips are in place and seem to have no visible damage, try removing a few of them. Remove one and see if the working gets smooth, if it doesn’t, remove a few more. The main function of these clips is to help the shade recoil when pushed from the bottom. An increase in the tension in these friction clips lead to jerky or rough movement of the blinds. If it is the case of sagging, you might even need to install these clips to solve the issue and make it work efficiently and sharply.
5. If it is the rain that has been too tightly wrung, you can try twisting it the other way. There are two things that can happen when you do this. You will either resolve it nicely or make it worse. So, a good idea is to twist it a few times and see if there are some changes, if not, try doing it the other way. Again, if you are not confident enough to do this, do not try it.